I just had the absolute pleasure of reading a fantastic historical fiction novel, Heir to Malla by Anna Bushi.
Princess Meera of Malla knows three things—Rish, a noble warrior, is not her equal—she loves him with all her heart—her brother, Crown Prince Jay, would support the match.
However, Jay mysteriously disappears—the kingdom of Malla is thrown into chaos—Prince Amar of Padi is threatening to capture both Malla and Meera.
As she faces an unsavory future, Meera learns three things—her kingdom needs her—she has to find the strength to defend it—she cannot marry Amar.
This book hooked me from the start! While I don’t have much previous knowledge of medieval India, there was never a point when I was reading where I felt like I was lost or lacking familiarity. In fact, the opposite occurred. I felt like I was right there in the small throne room with Meera as she listens to her father, the king, decide the next steps of their kingdom.
Though the land of Malla is fictional, as I mentioned in the interview I did with the author, Anna Bushi, her descriptions are so vivid that there were times when I was reading that I could smell jasmine or feel the pain of the wounds her characters endured (this is a no spoiler zone, which is killing me as there’re so many scenes I want to talk about!) I was so nervous and excited about what would happen to Meera and her brother Jay that I kept thinking about the book throughout the day and could not wait to get back to it.
If you’re looking for a book with political intrigue that truly transports you on a royal adventure, this is your next reading escape!
To learn more about the author, check out our interview: